This is a lovely picture of my vampire, Mitchell. He bravely had 4 (FOUR) of his top teeth 'extracted'. Which is the expensive way of saying the dentist pulled them out with a pair of pliers like the kind you would find in your garage. But if you said it like that the dentist couldn't charge as much, I think.
Mitch's front teeth have not been pretty for awhile. Perhaps it was the fact that we let him sleep with a baby bottle full of root beer for the last five years. What's wrong with that?! Actually he just has crappy teeth. Pardon my French. He already has fillings on his back teeth and the dentist wanted to crown his front teeth but then we couldn't afford the next several decades of Christmas and opted to go for the gap tooth look. But that isn't the point of this post. Here is the point: How much moolah does the Tooth Fairy leave at your house?
As a young child I recall several Tooth Fairy deposits. And let me tell you that none of them consisted of anything over a dollar. They were usually just random coins TF probably found in the couch cushions. But did I mind?? No sirree! Money is money, right? So I have attempted to emulate that. Ike has lost 3 teeth thus far and each time received a nice variety of coins. And he's been OK with that. But now I hear from other kids and parents and the dentist how huge amounts of cash are being left on pillows. What if my kids get wind of how they are being discriminated against? That their teeth are worth less than other children's? (well, Mitch's probably are..)
And we did have the dilemma with Mitch having 4 teeth in one night. I hated to actually go over the dollar limit and even tried to persuade hub that the kids' math skills weren't at a level where they could divide by 4 and realize how little each tooth was getting. But thankfully for our children, he is a little more generous and convinced me to up the ante. The compromise was that we still used coins but Mitch got 2 gold dollars and a quarter.
Be honest. Am I too cheap? Or was I just really deprived as a child? Or is there a different amount for each tooth? And in case you were worried about my other children's dental health--Ike and Ethan have consistently cavity-free dental visits. They must not drink Root Beer at night.